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Donnerstag, 03.10.2019 – German Unity
Donnerstag, 03.10.2019 – German Unity
Tag der Deutschen Einheit – Day of German Unity
The third of October is the Day of German Unity, celebrated as German National Day. We celebrated in commemoration of the anniversary of the German re-unification in 1990. This day celebrated a re-united Germany, now consisting of 16 states and a population of more than 82 million.
In recognition of this day and its significance, Brisbane’s iconic bridges, Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge, showed the colours of the German flag in a stunning display of lights. This was also a great sign of the tremendous support of the city of Brisbane for Brisbane German Week.
On the evening of the Day of German Unity we celebrated with a classical concert and you were invited to join us for this cultural highlight of Brisbane German Week 2019. The reception on the occasion of the Day of German Unity took place at the brand-new, and Australia’s first, Mercedes-BenzAutohaus in Newstead.
This year we were delighted to offer you the unique combination of flutist Sally Walker who performed together with the Adina String Quartet. Sally Walker is Lecturer in Classical Woodwind at the Australian National University, regular Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Principal Flautist with the Omega Ensemble and Artistic Director of the Twilight Musical Dialogues Chamber Music Series. Upon receiving a DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship, she moved to Germany, gaining her Artist’s Diploma (Hochschule für Music und Medien Hannover) and her Masters (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München), with the highest honours awarded. She remained in Germany for ten years in which she was Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss and a member of the Kölner Kammerorchester before moving to Leipzig to play with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Sally has performed with Early Music ensembles such as Das Neue Orchester Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig and the Leipziger Kammerorchester. She enjoys maintaining close connections with her “second home” of Germany, working as a German translator/interpreter, collaborating with German composers, performing as Concerto soloist with orchestras including the Dortmund Philharmonic and Klassische Philharmonie Bonn and some of her CDs were recorded in Mendelssohn’s Haus and the Franckesche Stiftungen Halle.
The Adina String Quartet consists of four musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra who bring together a wealth of training and expertise. The members of The Adina String Quartet have performed together for over 15 years and share a history of music making that ensures dynamic performances of quality chamber music. Drawing from a wide range of repertoire, performances include pieces from the early baroque to exciting contemporary works. As an arts leader and great Australian orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its high quality, breathtaking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of diverse musical tastes, interests and ages. As one of the largest performing arts companies in Queensland and the state’s only professional symphony orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra plays a vital role in Queensland’s cultural community, educating, mentoring aspiring performers, touring regional centres, broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies.
The musical program for this evening had been carefully curated to showcase the beautiful symbiosis of a solo flutist and a string quartet. The first piece was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello followed by Elena Kats-Chernin’s Eliza’s Aria arranged for flute and strings. We ended on a lighter note with Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and the Hungarian Dance No. 5 arranged for String Quartet by Brahms.
Finally we were absolutely delighted to witness the inaugural performance of the newly formed German Youth Choir.
In his opening speech, Prof Michael Rosemann, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, stressed the fact that 30 years since the inner-German wall fell is not just a relieve but also an obligation, the duty to preserve memories and insights from a divided Germany to inform emerging generations and inherit appropriately. The manuscript of his entire speech can be found here.
With an audience of more than 340 guests, this has been the by far biggest event in our concert series.